“Amazing” is what the chief of the Orland Fire Protection District calls the rescue of a man who fell into a sewer Saturday evening.
“We got a call into our dispatch center about 5:49 or so from a man who had indicated that he fell in a sewer, walking along Harlem Avenue,” said Ken Brucki, the chief of the Orland Fire Protection District.
The man fell about 20 feet somewhere between 143rd and 151st Street.
Brucki says his team of rescuers first had to find where the man was exactly – and then get him out.
He says they walked both sides of Harlem relaying information from a dispatcher who was talking to the man and then losing the connection several times.
After several minutes, they located him.
“We got two rescuers in the hole in very quick fashion, probably within 20 minutes of the initial setup.”
Chief Brucki says the man injured both legs – but was conscious when he was taken out of the sewer and taken to a hospital.
Curt Isakson is a 35 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country.
He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.
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